Feud blamed after gunmen kill 26 college students in Nigeria

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At least 26 students were killed when gunmen opened fire in a college residence in the north-eastern Adamawa state.

Islamist insurgents have been active across northern Nigeria, but police are also investigating whether the killings at the Federal Polytechnic Mubi might have been part of a political feud among students.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which usually targets politicians or security forces, has also attacked students in the past and has cells in Adamawa.

Yushua Shuaib, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said it was not clear if the attack was carried out by Boko Haram or if it was related to a dispute between rival political groups at the college.

He said police were investigating the possibility that the shootings were prompted by a dispute between rival gangs over a student union election on Sunday.

"They think the ones who were disgruntled might have been the ones who were doing the attack," he said.

A security source confirmed that this possibility was being investigated, adding that security forces had raided the residence over the weekend, and arrested some students and seized weapons.